Surender Sharma

Surender Sharma

Surender Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Punjab and Haryana high court.

Articles by Surender Sharma
Punjab government has three months to frame rules and bring all de-addiction centres across the state within the ambit of the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, and the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.(HT photo)
Punjab government has three months to frame rules and bring all de-addiction centres across the state within the ambit of the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, and the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.(HT photo)

HC tells Punjab govt to regulate all drug de-addiction centres within 3 months

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 12:45 PM IST
The order was passed by the high court bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and HS Sidhu during the resumed hearing of a suo motu petition in which a slew of directions were given to the state government in January this year to deal with menace of drugs.
The Punjab and Haryana HC bench observed that the glorification of violence, wine, drugs and vulgar songs have given rise to culture of gangsters in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.(Reuters File)
The Punjab and Haryana HC bench observed that the glorification of violence, wine, drugs and vulgar songs have given rise to culture of gangsters in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.(Reuters File)

Punjab and Haryana HC talks tough on gun culture, noise pollution and obscenity

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 11:20 AM IST
The HC was dealing with the a clutch of petitions against noise pollution and use of firearms in marriages, including a 2016 case of celebratory firing at a marriage in Bathinda in which a woman performing on stage had lost her life.
A nomadic Bakarwal man pulls a horse in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, India.((Photo by Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times))
A nomadic Bakarwal man pulls a horse in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, India.((Photo by Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times))

Strained relations with Bakarwals motive behind gangrape and murder in Kathua: Special court

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2019 03:13 AM IST
The court concluded that the girl was kidnapped, drugged and raped at a temple for three days between January 10 and January 14 and later murdered.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)

3,500 lawyers owe Rs 5.3 crore to Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2018 10:03 AM IST
The Bar found 6,600 lawyers had not paid their dues for six months.
The high court bench of justice Daya Chaudhary found that no list of witnesses and documents were supplied to the accused boy or his parents which shows that the JJB decided the case “contrary to the provisions of the Act”.(HT File)
The high court bench of justice Daya Chaudhary found that no list of witnesses and documents were supplied to the accused boy or his parents which shows that the JJB decided the case “contrary to the provisions of the Act”.(HT File)

Trying accused in Gurgaon school boy’s murder as adult violation of law: HC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 11:31 AM IST
The court has directed the Gurgaon JJB to decide afresh within six weeks after assessing the intelligence, maturity, physical fitness to ascertain whether the accused boy knew of consequences and then form an opinion whether the juvenile accused can be tried as an adult.
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.(HT File)
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.(HT File)

Ram Rahim to be tried under law that can attract life imprisonment in castration case

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2018 09:05 AM IST
The high court dismisses his plea challenging framing of charges under Section 326 of the Indian Penal Code.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)

Premature retirement: No relief to judicial officer who ‘erred’ in 53 drug judgments

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 11:50 AM IST
The high court bench of justices AB Chaudhari and Anil Kshetarpal said it was fully convinced that the Punjab decision on his compulsory retirement was “fully justified” on the recommendation of high court.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)

Premature release: Brutality in murder or shown after death amounts to heinous crime, says HC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2018 02:35 PM IST
The high court bench of justice RK Jain while dismissing a plea of a Mahendrgarh resident, Raghbir Singh, said that Clause 2(a)(xii) of the 2000 policy of Haryana on premature release of convicts would apply in both the circumstances.
(illustration by Biswajit Debnath/HT)
(illustration by Biswajit Debnath/HT)

Panchkula man who bought Haryana governor’s Merc in auction to return vanity number after 4 years

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2018 10:54 AM IST
Initially, Chaudhary made representations to the authorities, but on failing to get relief, he moved the Punjab and Haryana high court in September 2015.
Increasingly, civic issues plaguing the City Beautiful are resolved in the precincts of the Punjab and Haryana high court.(Sikander Singh/HT)
Increasingly, civic issues plaguing the City Beautiful are resolved in the precincts of the Punjab and Haryana high court.(Sikander Singh/HT)

Punjab and Haryana high court interventions in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 06:04 PM IST
Governance Deficit: With civil servants failing to do their duty to Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana high court is increasingly intervening in matters civic to get things done.
Tej Bahadur, part of the BSF’s 29th Battalion, had posted a video on social media showing poor food arrangements at his camp on the border.(Facebook/Tej Bahadur)
Tej Bahadur, part of the BSF’s 29th Battalion, had posted a video on social media showing poor food arrangements at his camp on the border.(Facebook/Tej Bahadur)

BSF jawan’s video on food: Sacked jawan had Facebook friends from Pakistan, BSF tells high court

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 11:46 AM IST
The BSF responded to the plea of Tej Bahadur Yadav, a Mahendragarh resident, who had hit the headlines in January last year when his video complaining about the “poor quality of food” at a BSF base near Line of Control in J&K’s Poonch went viral on the social media
The report revealed that some of the allotments were cancelled a decade ago, but were being occupied by the allottee.(HT File)
The report revealed that some of the allotments were cancelled a decade ago, but were being occupied by the allottee.(HT File)

139 officials occupying government houses illegally in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 09:47 AM IST
Among those on the list are serving and retired officials from Punjab and Haryana governments, Punjab and Haryana high court, Chandigarh administration, Chandigarh municipal corporation and some central government departments.
Ravneet Garg with Geetanjali(HT File)
Ravneet Garg with Geetanjali(HT File)

Geetanjali murder case: Recover probe cost from father, brother, says HC to CBI court

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2018 09:17 AM IST
Geetanjali, wife of then Gurugram chief judicial magistrate Ravneet Garg, was found dead in a park at police lines in Gurugram on July 17, 2013. A licenced revolver belonging to the judge was found lying near her.
(HT File)
(HT File)

HC upholds death sentence to Rohtak girl who killed 7 of her family

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 11:20 AM IST
On the night of September 14, 2009, Sonam mixed some sedative in the dinner (’rotis’) and milk of her family members and strangled them with rope with the help of Navin after they fell unconscious.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)

Ill-treating wife for past affair cruelty, ground for divorce: Punjab and Haryana HC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 10:09 AM IST
Law provides for dissolution of a marriage by a decree of divorce on various grounds, one of them being cruelty.
The institute said that it does not receive any grant either from the Centre or University Grants Commission and runs on the grant-in-aid from Chandigarh. As far as reservation is concerned, the institute said it is bound by Chandigarh’s decision.(Representative image)
The institute said that it does not receive any grant either from the Centre or University Grants Commission and runs on the grant-in-aid from Chandigarh. As far as reservation is concerned, the institute said it is bound by Chandigarh’s decision.(Representative image)

No provision for reservation to OBCs in PEC, high court told

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2018 03:18 PM IST
The response came on a March 2018 petition seeking direction to provide OBC quota at Punjab Engineering College.
A woman from Punjab, who got married to a Bihar resident in 2007, had levelled allegations of sodomy, forcible and oral sex and stated that these were the reasons she was forced to leave him. Forced sex in a marriage is not a criminal offence in India.(Representative image)
A woman from Punjab, who got married to a Bihar resident in 2007, had levelled allegations of sodomy, forcible and oral sex and stated that these were the reasons she was forced to leave him. Forced sex in a marriage is not a criminal offence in India.(Representative image)

Forcible, unnatural sex in marriage is cruelty, hence a ground for divorce: HC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 11:49 AM IST
The court said it is easy to level such allegations and even more difficult to prove them and, therefore, courts always have to be cautious while dealing with such allegations.
The court said one should examine the “attending circumstances” to find out if the accused is responsible for somebody’s suicide in any way.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The court said one should examine the “attending circumstances” to find out if the accused is responsible for somebody’s suicide in any way.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Naming somebody in suicide note not enough to prove abetment: HC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2018 12:09 PM IST
The case pertained to the suicide of the employee of a Gurgaon firm on March 23, 2011. In his suicide note, he had accused six people of forcing him to take the extreme step.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda(HT Photo)
Bhupinder Singh Hooda(HT Photo)

HC quashes Hooda regime’s 4 job regularisation policies

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 08:08 PM IST
The policies were framed by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government to regularise more than 20,000 employees ahead of the state assembly elections in 2014
The high court employees welfare association has approached the court on judicial side, seeking her removal.(Representative image)
The high court employees welfare association has approached the court on judicial side, seeking her removal.(Representative image)

Appointment of ex-CJM’s widow kicks row in Punjab and Haryana HC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 01:31 PM IST
Compassionate grounds: Court bench puts administrative side on notice over employees’ association petition against appointment made ‘compatible with her social status’
As per the Indian Penal Code (IPC), nothing is said to be done or delivered in ‘good faith’ which is done or delivered without due care and attention.(Representative image)
As per the Indian Penal Code (IPC), nothing is said to be done or delivered in ‘good faith’ which is done or delivered without due care and attention.(Representative image)

Public servant’s criticism in good faith doesn’t invite defamation: Punjab and Haryana HC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2018 01:21 PM IST
The HC decision came on a petition filed by a Haryana PR department employee posted in Panipat, against whom 22 villagers had complained to the-then Haryana CM, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, seeking his transfer.
Representative Image
Representative Image

Punjab and Haryana HC allows Ropar woman to terminate 24-week-old foetus

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2018 12:54 PM IST
During a routine maternity check-up at PGIMER, Chandigarh, the couple was told the foetus was suffering from Global Developmental Delay (GDD), the same neurological disorder that their three-year-old son had.
The high court was hearing a petition by one Jaideep Singh, filed in February 2017, wherein it was alleged that three builders were trying to carve out and sell illegal colonies.(Representative image)
The high court was hearing a petition by one Jaideep Singh, filed in February 2017, wherein it was alleged that three builders were trying to carve out and sell illegal colonies.(Representative image)

Mullanpur mess: Submit action taken report, HC tells Punjab

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2018 11:24 AM IST
Illegal construction: Plots were carved out of agriculture land in Mullanpur’s periphery.
He was appointed immediately after government took over in March 2017.(HT File)
He was appointed immediately after government took over in March 2017.(HT File)

‘Unconstitutional’: HC sets aside Suresh Kumar’s appointment

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2018 11:47 AM IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court said retired IAS officer Suresh Kumar was holding a public office without any authority of law.
Vikas Barala(HT File)
Vikas Barala(HT File)

Chandigarh stalking case: Five months after arrest, Haryana BJP chief’s son gets bail

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2018 10:50 PM IST
Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar are facing trial on charges of stalking and attempt to kidnap Kundu, daughter of Haryana IAS officer VS Kundu, on the night of August 4.
HC Arora, 66, embarked on his PIL journey in 2005 and has approached the courts on a wide gamut of issues.(Karun Sharma/HT)
HC Arora, 66, embarked on his PIL journey in 2005 and has approached the courts on a wide gamut of issues.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Chandigarh’s Goodfellas: Soldiering for justice, meet the lawyer with a sweet PIL

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2018 03:44 PM IST
HC Arora has filed a record 400 public interest litigations in the high court with far-reaching consequences. At 66, this one-man army is only getting mightier with age.
The girl was raped in July by local youths on gunpoint, as per the FIR, but due to fear she did not report the matter to family.(Representative image)
The girl was raped in July by local youths on gunpoint, as per the FIR, but due to fear she did not report the matter to family.(Representative image)

40-days on, Nuh family looks toward HC for abortion of minor rape victim

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2017 12:43 PM IST
 The minor’s pregnancy had come to light on November 3 and the FIR was registered on November 9. On November 16, the family formally moved before the local medical authorities to abort the child only to hear a no from them since the pregnancy had crossed 20 weeks time.
The high court said that such facts, if brought to light by the complainant at later stage can’t be termed as improvement or variation in the statement, as an afterthought.(HT File)
The high court said that such facts, if brought to light by the complainant at later stage can’t be termed as improvement or variation in the statement, as an afterthought.(HT File)

FIR is not an encyclopedia, observes Punjab and Haryana high court

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2017 09:48 AM IST
The high court observed that the police statement has lesser evidence value than the statement recorded before a magistrate.
(HT File)
(HT File)

Punjab and Haryana HC recommends 11 names for judges’ posts

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Surender Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2017 09:52 AM IST
These include daughter of a former Punjab and Haryana high court judge and two law officers of Punjab and one of Haryana.
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